- An enjoyment of working outdoors
- Physical fitness
- Planning and organisational skills
- Good communication and the ability to work in a team
- An eye for detail
- Strong work ethic
- Open entry.
- If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
Please note: This programme is not available for international students.
Applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis until the programme has reached full capacity.
You are required to buy some items of personal protective equipment, personal stationery and textbooks. Please note that many suppliers offer student discounts once you have enrolled and it is preferred that you wait until the first week of your programme before purchasing these items.
All costs below are approximate only.
- Steel toecap boots ($100 - $200)
- Secateurs ($40 - $120)
- Gloves ($15 - $25)
- Class 5 earmuffs ($40 - $50)
- Safety glasses ($15 - $25)
- Camera ($100 - $200)
- Printing and photo printing ($30)
- Textbooks ($200)
- Stationery ($25)
Financial assistance is available through StudyLink under course-related costs. Please see the Student Loans and Allowances section for more information.
You will study
Supervisory Skills in Horticulture (10 credits)
Learn how to use interpersonal communication skills to achieve desired outcomes in horticulture.
- Supervisor responsibilities
- Instructing team members
- Allocation of work within teams
- Giving and receiving feedback
Management of Amenity Areas (20 credits)
Learn how to manage the maintenance and aesthetic effect of plants, parks and open spaces within the concept of Maramataka.
- Seasonal horticulture tasks
- Turf establishment and care
Amenity Pruning (10 credits)
Learn how to apply pruning techniques in amenity horticulture.
- Plant growth characteristics
- Plant responses to pruning
- Seasonal pruning
Applied Plant and Soil Science (15 credits)
Learn how to apply knowledge of plant and soil science to achieve management plan goals within the concept of Ahi Kaa.
- Ahi Kaa
- Properties and processes of soil
- Plant structures and processes
- Sustainable soil and plant management
Plant Identification and Naming (15 credits)
Learn to identify plants and apply plant nomenclature.
- Botanical nomenclature
- Plant identification
- Plant classification system
Plant Selection and Displays (10 credits)
Learn to select amenity plants to achieve functional and aesthetic effects
- Plant identification
- Plant selection
- Principles and elements of design
- Displaying plants
Propagation (10 credits)
Learn to propagate and grow amenity plants
- Propagation techniques
- Growing media
- Plant care
- Propagation records
Amenity Planting (10 credits)
Learn to carry out planting to achieve management plan goals
- Planting preparation
- Planting techniques
- Plant establishment
Pests, Diseases and Weeds (15 credits)
Learn to identify and describe plant health problems and control options
- Pest, disease, disorder and weed identification
- Plant health control options
- Integrated pest management plan
Asset Management (15 credits)
Learn to carry out inspections of assets and monitor maintenance schedules
- Asset monitoring and assessment
- Asset records
- Identification of work standards
Full-time learners will complete a minimum of four weeks’ work placement within the amenity sector.
You will be placed with an employer/host in industry, within Dunedin, and our horticulture staff will visit you at your worksite. Our staff will also be available by phone for students or employers to contact them. Employers/industry hosts will provide feedback to you.
Part-time learners who are already industry-based may be assessed on-the-job by our horticulture staff and/or in partnership with their employer.
On average you will undertake four days a week of practical instruction and theory teaching. In addition to this, you will carry out your own self-directed study. It is expected that you will participate in a minimum four weeks of work placement during your programme.
Further study options
If you want to progress your learning, you could study the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) in a different strand/horticulture sector or the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 5) (Amenity).
Student loans and allowances with TTAF
Whilst this programme is free for you to study via the Trades and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), this fund only covers tuition fees and compulsory costs such as student levies. It does not cover any additional costs or living costs.
You can pay for additional and living costs by yourself if that is possible for you or by applying for a loan or allowance through Studylink.
Loans and allowances are only available for full-time domestic students. Part-time students may still be able to get financial assistance through a loan though (see here for more info about part-time study).
It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.